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The Women’s World Cup will be held in South America for the first time after…

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The Women’s World Cup will be held in South America for the first time after Brazil won – yesterday, Thursday – the honor of organizing the 2027 edition, during the 74th FIFA General Assembly in Bangkok, which was marked by Palestine’s request to suspend Israel’s membership due to the aggression against Gaza.

After the success of the 2023 edition in Australia and New Zealand, reaping commercial profits worth $570 million, and offering record prizes to participants amounting to $110 million, FIFA continued its quest to expand women’s football on new continents.

Representatives of the federations affiliated with FIFA voted, with 119 votes for Brazil, compared to 78 for a joint file between Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, bringing the tenth edition of the tournament to the country of Samba. The decision sparked celebrations in the hall on the part of the Brazilian file.

“We knew it would be difficult,” Brazilian Confederation President Ednaldo Rodriguez said. “This is a victory for South American football and for women’s football in Latin America.”

The Brazilian file scored more points in terms of evaluation than the competing European file.

The United States and Mexico, which will host the men’s World Cup with Canada in 2026, were among the candidates with a joint bid, but they withdrew last April to focus on the 2031 edition.

FIFA inspectors noted that South America’s hosting of the World Cup would have a “huge impact for women’s football in the region.”

Brazil’s file included 10 stadiums used in the 2014 Men’s World Cup, including the legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, proposed to host the opening and final matches.

But it still has some work to do, especially at the Amazonia Stadium in Manaus, which has been unused for about a decade.

Unlike the men’s team, which won a record five world titles, the women’s samba team – who include legends Marta and Formiga – have never lifted the World Cup title before, as the women’s team finished as runner-up in 2007 and was eliminated early from the group stage in 2023.

The United States holds the record with 4 titles, compared to two for Norway and one for each of Japan and Spain, which won the last edition due to the “scandal” forced kiss of its former federation president, Luis Rubiales, on the mouth of player Jenny Hermoso during the medal distribution ceremony.

Gaza is present

The General Assembly discussed the Palestinian Federation’s request to impose sanctions on its Israeli counterpart, including immediately suspending its membership in light of the ongoing war in Gaza.

While the Palestinian request to put the issue to a vote was rejected, FIFA President, Swiss-Italian Gianni Infantino, promised that his organization would take “independent legal advice to evaluate the three requests submitted by the Palestinian Federation and ensure that FIFA regulations are implemented in the correct manner,” and its results will appear before next July 20.

Infantino continued, “Given the urgent situation, an extraordinary meeting of the FIFA Council will be held before July 20, to review the results of the evaluation and make appropriate decisions.”

The Palestinian Federation hoped to reach an immediate suspension of Israel’s membership, expressing its dissatisfaction with some specific incidents, similar to the scenes presented by the Israeli media of dozens of stripped Palestinians, including children, who were detained in the Yarmouk Stadium in December 2023.

Last March, he called for opposing the inclusion of football teams in settlements built on Palestinian lands in the Israeli league, “which are the lands to which the Palestinian Football Association belongs,” condemning “the killing of at least 92 football players” and the destruction of all sports infrastructure in the city. Gaza, in addition to the absence of a serious confrontation against anti-Palestinian discrimination and racism.

After he left the hall, representing Iran and Iraq, when the President of the Israeli Football Association, Shino Moshe Zoares, ascended to the podium to speak, the latter said, “The proposal presented by the Palestinian Football Association has nothing to do with the Israeli Football Association and its activities.”